Good morning Wilderness! It's time to get back to the real world as the daily grind reconvenes. Unfortunately there was not a whole lot of moving and shaking going on Sunday (unless you check out the comments from yesterdays walk). We had some good discussion about possible line combinations, some speculation about #VanekWatch2014, and a small child even wandered into the discussion for a bit.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Minnesota Wild's Prospects Development Camp. They are offering 3 separate open sessions for the fans to attend at the X this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I believe we also may be organizing another get together similar to that from the draft party after one of those open sessions, stay tuned for more details on that.
Before we get into the links, just a friendly reminder that your favorite beat writer Michael Russo will be hosting a radio show on KFAN 100.3 FM today from 9 to noon for Paul Allen. His guests will include GM Chuck Fletcher on around 9:20, Matt Cooke around 10:20, and finally Keith Ballard at 11:30. Be sure to tweet/email him some annoying questions for the radio (I'm sure he'll answer).
With mixed emotions, Bouchard bids adieu to Wild career | StarTribune.com
“I’ll miss Minnesota,” Bouchard said during a telephone interview Sunday. “I really will. Knowing that I’m not coming back to Minny for training camp, it is kind of weird, but at the same time, it’s part of the business, and I’m really looking forward to a fresh start with the Islanders.”
First Round Bust: #NHLDraft2013: Post-Draft Deglaze
Some delicious post draft analysis, just in case you forgot about it after all the free agency drama.
Off the Trail
Ducks re-sign Beleskey; two years, $2.7 million | ProHockeyTalk
Beleskey had eight goals, five assists and 56 penalty minutes for the Ducks last season.
Sabres reacquire Henrik Tallinder from Devils; can he rediscover chemistry with Tyler Myers? | Puck Daddy
Tallinder dealt back to the team that originally drafted.
NHL Power Rankings 2013: How Start of Free Agency Shook Up the League | Bleacher Report
I try not to include slideshows in the morning walk, alas one will squeeze its way into the mix from time to time. This is one of those times, take a gander through the list and see if you agree.
Jackets coach won’t put Horton and Gaborik on same line | ProHockeyTalk
“It makes them make a decision: ‘Who are we going to go after?’ ” Richards said. “If they have one shut-down (defensive) pair, that’s going to leave something a little more open for us, maybe.”
Did the Senators low-ball Alfredsson? | ProHockeyTalk
I'm kind of curious as to how long the Alfredsson saga will continue. I don't particularly care, he's moved on and so should everyone else.
Stars issue statement on Seguin’s Twitter “hack” | ProHockeyTalk
The Stars don't like it, and it looks like Tyler will be calling it quits with Twitter for a while.